An Israeli settler was shot and killed on Thursday evening near the Jewish settlement of Einav, near the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, Israeli sources reported.The army said that several rounds were fired at his vehicle while driving near the settlement.

The settler is a 45-year-old man; an Israeli medical source that he was shot in the head, and that several rounds hit the vehicle.

The shooting comes as Israeli settlers in the West Bank stepped-up their attacks against the Palestinians and their lands after the Israeli government agreed to a temporary freeze of settlement activities.

The attacks included attacking farmers, burning farmlands, and burning a mosque in Yasuf village on Friday December 11th.

The settlers also attacked Palestinian villagers harvesting their olives in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

They also continued their government-supported takeover of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem.